Public Lands

In Montana, our public lands are a way of life. As your United States Senator, I will continue to fight for expanded access to our public lands. This includes permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and the proper management of our forests to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

Access to Montana’s many public lands must be properly managed in a collaborative effort. This includes by private citizens, Native American tribes, and federal and state governments. It is imperative that the federal government be good neighbors with private landowners, and I will fervently work to protect private property rights against improper government encroachment. Simply stated, I will fight to sustain our way of life in Montana for future generations. 

Daines Pushes PGE on Their Actions to Close Colstrip

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines pushed the CEO of Portland General Electric to explain the driving force behind the company’s actions to close Colstrip despite the fact the plant supports reliable, high-paying jobs and plays a large role in supporting the region’s baseload power.  The CEO of PGE did not answer direct questions as to whether they have advocated for the early closure of Colstrip Power Plant.   To watch and download the Senator’s remarks click HERE. “Instead of investing in Colstrip and the high-paying jobs it creates, PGE and other Pacific Northwest owners have done everything they could to avoid investing in the plant,” Daines said. “This is

Daines, Rosendale, Wyoming & Idaho Delegations Urge DOI Secretary to Keep Commitment to Follow Science, Delist the Grizzly

U.S. CONGRESS — Montana’s U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Matt Rosendale and the entire Wyoming and Idaho delegations today urged Secretary Deb Haaland to listen to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) study that states the grizzly bear has fully recovered in the Northern Continental Divide (NCDE) and Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems (GYE) proving that it is time to delist the species and requesting more information on the path forward. “The successful recovery of the NCDE and GYE grizzly bear epitomizes what the authors of the Endangered Species Act first envisioned. We are hopeful that future management of the bear will follow the science,

Daines’ Bipartisan Resolution to Recognize National Park Week Passes U.S. Senate

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ resolution marking April 17, 2021 through April 25, 2021 as National Parks Week passed the U.S. Senate today. Daines is the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks.  “Our national parks set America apart from the rest of the world. In Montana, our parks are part of our way of life,” Daines said. “I hope that folks take this week to find their park and enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer.”  This resolution encourages people around the country and world to spend time in America’s

Daines Introduces Bill to Delist Grizzly Bears, Put Management Back in the Hands of Montanans

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines introduced the “Grizzly Bear State Management Act of 2021,” which would remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the Endangered Species List, prevent further obstruction in the courts, and return management of the species back to the hands of Montanans.     Watch and download video statement HERE. “The science is clear: the grizzly bear population has more than recovered in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Area. Wildlife management must be determined by science, not by activist judges. Montana-led management is what’s best for our communities, public safety, ecosystems, wildlife, and the grizzly bear itself. It

Daines Urges Action on Grizzly Bear Delisting in Senate Committee

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today testified in a U.S. Senate Committee in support of his bill, the Grizzly Bear State Management Act, which would delist the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, return management to the State of Montana and prevent further obstruction in the courts. To download the full video, click HERE.  “Wildlife management should be determined by science, not a court order. The science has long proven that the grizzly bear population in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem has fully recovered,” Daines said. “Delisting the grizzly bear is in the best interest of our communities, public safety, the ecosystem, wildlife, and

Daines, Public Lands Groups Celebrate the Great American Outdoors Act

GARDINER, MT – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined several public lands and conservation groups to celebrate the signing of his bipartisan bill, the “Great American Outdoors Act.” This celebration follows Senator Daines joining President Trump at the White House for the official signing ceremony.  TO DOWLOAD TV ELEMENTS, CLICK HERE. “Well thanks for joining us today to celebrate the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act. This is the greatest conservation achievement in 50 years and I’m so thankful for so many who are here,” Daines said. Daines was joined by leaders from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Montana Trout

What They Are Saying: Daines Receives Significant Praise for Work on the Great American Outdoors Act

U.S. SENATE – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines’ bipartisan conservation bill, the “Great American Outdoors Act,” which provides full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the national park and public lands maintenance backlog was signed into law by President Trump.  Following the signing ceremony, Daines received significant praise for his work on getting the greatest conservation bill in 50 years signed into law from the Trump administration, public lands advocates, sportsmen groups, local commissioners and more.  “Senator Steve Daines, he’s a fantastic man, a fantastic Senator, he’s done a wonderful job. He loves his

Daines Introduces Major Bipartisan Forest Management Reform Bill

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today introduced major, bipartisan forest management reform legislation. The bipartisan bill increases active management of federal forests, cuts red tape, reduced frivolous litigation and gives the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) the tools to protect communities from deadly wildfires.    “I am very happy to join Senator Feinstein in introducing this strong, commonsense forest management legislation,” Daines said. “This bill will speed up urgently needed projects to reduce wildfire risks, create good paying jobs in the forestry sector, and protect public health and safety. I look forward to working closely with

President Trump Signs Daines’ Bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act Into Law

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today joined President Trump at the White House for the official signing ceremony of his bipartisan bill, the “Great American Outdoors Act.” Daines’ conservation bill provides full, mandatory funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and addresses the maintenance backlog facing national parks and public lands. To download the full video, click HERE.  “This is a great day for Montana, this is a great day for America and this is a great day for conservation and for all of us who love the great outdoors,” Daines said. “The Great American Outdoors Act is a big win